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Being open about Anime watching
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Posted 8/27/14 , edited 8/27/14
you shouldn't be afraid of being a fan of something even if it isn't popular, if there true friends then they'll just accept it and won't stop being your friend and if they do they probably weren't that good of friends to begin with. You'll be surprised about how many people love anime even if there adults
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Wow I did not expect this much feedback but to all who responded thanks. But I guess the environment you're in can be a factor too. In my case I am Korean-American growing up in a predominantly white neighborhood/white college town where going to frats and partying every night is considered the "norm" and what "everybody does," which I could honestly care less about. And I'm blessed in the fact that my close friends also share this point of view with me, but I feel like since of our different upbringings that it would still be a little weird to outright tell them. I don't know. After all these posts I think I still will anyway
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I wouldn't worry about asking around. Anyone who doesn't like anime isn't going to stop being your friend because they like it. If they do, do you really want a friend who'll instantly stop being your friend just because of a type of animation you watch?
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Posted 8/27/14 , edited 8/27/14

ayylmao8 wrote:

Wow I did not expect this much feedback but to all who responded thanks. But I guess the environment you're in can be a factor too. In my case I am Korean-American growing up in a predominantly white neighborhood/white college town where going to frats and partying every night is considered the "norm" and what "everybody does," which I could honestly care less about. And I'm blessed in the fact that my close friends also share this point of view with me, but I feel like since of our different upbringings that it would still be a little weird to outright tell them. I don't know. After all these posts I think I still will anyway
You could always bring it up with your friend by first picking an anime you think they'll like. Then saying, "Hey, there's this show/movie I've been watching and I think you might like it." And then when it's anime they're watching you'll get some kind of reaction. Always react like it's not a big deal, IMO, to however they react. If they're not interested, say, "That's fine, I liked it and thought you might..." If they're confused, "Yea, I watch anime. I like the [stories/characters/animation/whatever]" and keep it not a big deal. Acting like it's a big deal that they like it or that you like it or treating it weird, will make the other party feel like it's weird. But that's just my 2 cents.
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Posted 8/27/14 , edited 8/27/14
If your friends stop being your friend because of your hobby with Anime, they were not really friends to begin with.

Anyway as for me: I don't hide it, but I am not exactly going to random people saying "Hey I watch Anime". I do have a Fairy Tail messenger bag, but that is because it was on sale when I got it and holds more than my old one I used for school. So I guess I tell people that way.
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i used to read manga on my laptop during lecture once i got to a risque scene though haha i still hope to this day no one saw it... but...

well i went to small Christian university so there wasn't any anime club or anything, but there were people who liked it. 'course i didn't get into anime until after junior year so i wasn't able to connect with those who did. But anyway i think it's fine to be open, you never know who else may like it ^^
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Hey there OP, I'm also on my first week in college too. I hope everything is going well.
But yeah, most of friends know I watch anime. I'm usually open with my interests. I don't say anything unless if they ask. For example, I was going out with an old friend when she asked me if I still watched anime. And boom, a conversation happened.
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It's nice to find friends that love anime. used to keep it to myself but then I found others in my class that loved anime. Now I just come into class and be like "Hey did u watch this"
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I was a lot more open about it when I was younger, but to be honest, it was at a time when I would have been considered "socially awkward". As I got older and matured a bit, I not only stopped telling as many people about it, I stopped being associated with it altogether. Only recently in the last couple years have I kind of re-introduced myself to it, and i'm currently in the process of catching up what I missed out on. I'm now in the military, and while they're are some who are open about anime viewing, there IS the whole "machismo" side of things, so there are a lot of people who would look down on it. Basically, i'm picky about who I share it with, usually if I view them as open minded or they mention anime before I do, then i'll talk about it. Otherwise, I keep it to myself.
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I didn't get into anime at all until my second year of college. If you feel the need to talk about it then go ahead it's nothing to be ashamed of. Just surround yourself with friends who share similar interests as yourself and then it doesn't really matter. I have seen people mention joining an anime club. I highly recommend it. I didn't join until my last year of school and I regret not doing it sooner!
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Well I'm in college as well and in my Narrative Concept and Development class I already used anime as a example as to what a story can be( I mentioned how a story can be about nothing...............Lucky Star was my example). I also just got off the phone with my Phone Company because of Text Issues( it's a long and off the wall story so I'm not going to go into it) and I mentioned that when I was trying to find out what the cause was I asked on of my friends on Crunchyroll and she sent me a news article that confirmed my suspicion. Also back in high school basically the whole school knew and they had no problem with it( I went to a strict Christian school too). I also learned that my Physics/English Teacher back in high school was also into anime/manga and the youth pastor for my school's church likes anime/manga too. My neighbor knows, most of my family knows, even the ladies at places like Dillard's know( I usually hang out with family and while my mom is in Dillard's I head to F.Y.E and usually buy an anime that is on sale. So the Dillard ladies usually ask me what I bought and I talk with them while my mom shops). So I am fairly open about it(though I don't where anime shirts and such.........yet) and all the people that know I watch it really don't care that I do.
So from my experience the only people who will call it silly and whatever else are those who are just bullies, have a close minded view of what being an adult means, and they try to be part of society's standards instead of themselves. The responses I've gotten from people were stuff like oh that's cool or just a eh whatever attitude.
You can say maybe I preach it a little to much, but for the people who personally know me I would rather have them know instead of keeping it hidden. As for the random people it just kind of comes up(like with the phone company guy as I was explaining my texting issue).
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Posted 8/27/14 , edited 8/27/14
Anime is NOT a way of life. It should not solely define you. You are who you are. People should accept that. I think trying to hide your liking of anime is almost the same as being ashamed of it. Like people there is good and bad in anime. Emphasize the good. And if you got friends who are not anime fans; that's good too. Share whatever it is that does connect you with them. Just remember Baskin Robbins had 31 flavors of ice cream because not everybody likes vanilla.
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Posted 8/27/14 , edited 8/27/14
I'm pretty open about watching anime because if someone just makes fun about me watching a different TV show then they do then they are not really a good friend. Anime is not our lives it's just something we enjoy doing during our free time
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Posted 8/27/14
I'm open about Everything, babycakes.
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Posted 8/27/14 , edited 8/27/14
As some others already have pointed out, I was also suprised when I figured how many at my college were watching anime o.o Actually, I feel like others thought abut anime as more childish and immature during grade school than now xD More and more of my friends seem to watch anime, so by now, I feel ok about being a little otaku :3

However, just because I watch anime, I don't act like a weeabo like some others I know about >.>
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